Isn’t he cute?


Meet Randy the Rhino!!!  He is one of the wonderful patterns available at Funky Friends Factory!  If you sign up for the Funky Friends newsletter, you can get a free pattern for a bear!  And Funky Friends provide fantastic directions as well as pictorial tutorials.

Many of my fellow Island Batik ambassadors made various Funky Friends for Houston Quilt market.  Talk about cute!  EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.   I didn’t sign up because of the lack of time at the time.

Randy is made with “Mini Bubbles” from the Island Batik “Islander” collection!   I was going to save this picture until December to show him with my other  December projects – but I couldn’t wait!!!  (Island Batik provided the fabric for Randy!)

I choose to make Randy as a reminder of my trip to Africa.  We saw both white and black rhinos!  And black rhinos are the same colour as the white rhinos!  (They’re called ‘black’ due to a translation error about the shape of their mouths.) We learned to differentiate between them by the humps on the back and how they carry their heads.  Randy is closest to a black rhino as his head is up.

Design Wall



November Island Batik Project needs quilting and binding

Stash Report

These pillow shams were finished.  I used 1 yard of fabric from my stash.  I also made 2 placemats for the guild – which used 1/2 yard.



  • Fabric Used this week        1.5 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:         152.35  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      68.05
  • Net Fabric used                     88.3
  • Husband’s Purchases           9.5

Stitchin’ Time

  • January – Oct:  236 out of 262
  • Nov. – 17out of 17
  • Year-to-date: 253 out of 280  =  90%

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

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I like to make lists at the beginning of the week, but I’ll still link up to Roseanne & Sue’s Home Sewn by Us on Tuesday.

Last week’s list:

  1. Quilt Secret Project #2 (Nov IB challenge) xxx   no progres
  2. Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – 41 -42  √  done
  3. Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – week 32 -33 √  done
  4. Smith Mountain Morning – Web together √  done
  5. Complete Secret Project #4 √  done (this was Randy the rhino!)

This week’s list:

  1. Quilt Secret Project #2 (Nov IB challenge) – finish it!
  2. Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – 43 – 44
  3. Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – week 34-35
  4. Smith Mountain Morning – Web together – add borders

Island Batik Blog Hop

“A Piece of … Blog Hop”  is in the final week.  Visit Island Batik’s blog to see a recap of last week’s quilts and to enter to win Island Batiks’ Islander Collection by Kathy Engle.

I was lucky enough to receive this collection in my July box and have used it for my December Island Batik projects.  It’s a beautiful collection!

The fabrics featured in this blog hop are from the Summer 2019 line and will be in fabric stores SOON!!!

Here are the links to follow for this week:

If you haven’t visited last weeks’ blogs, the list below will take you directly to the blog post of the quilts.  SEW worth visiting for the wonderful eye candy!

I was featured!

At Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland … by finishing this quilt! fullsizeoutput_bdf

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 


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23 thoughts on “Isn’t he cute?

  1. Your Mountain Morning quilt is really speaking to me — it’s just beautiful, and I can see it tucked around a cozy bed in a mountain cabin with a fresh snowfall outside the window. And that little rhinoceros is adorable — batiks are PERFECT for these little creatures!

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    • Hi Rebecca.
      Smith Mountain Morning is a beautiful quilt! It’s in Bonnie Hunter’s book: Scraps & Shirttails II. If you know how to use tri-rec rulers, it’s easy to make. Although she does have templates to use instead. Beware – as with most of Bonnie’s patterns – there is a LOT of piecing!
      Yes, batiks are perfect for Funky Friends!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  2. Randy is adorable and I’m happy to hear you say that the directions are really written well with pictures to boot. I just started the hedgehog by the same company. Hope to post pictures soon!

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    • Thanks, Gene! His eye’s are buttons – about 3/8″ across. I could not find ANY child eyes less than 1″ across! Sew Randy is not child proof! But, that’s totally OK, because I’m keeping him! 🙂
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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  4. Oh my gosh, Randy is soooo cute! My son saw it and now wants me to make him one. I already made him an owl from Funky Friends! Thanks for the fun fact about rhinos–I did not know that! Love the bubbles fabric!

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  5. Hi Gail! Randy is just plain adorable. Those little ears – so sweet. I didn’t know there are black and white rhinos. I’ll have to go Google them to learn more about their differences. What a nice remembrance of your trip, and in such a pretty fabric. Thanks in advance for linking up! You did great on last week’s list. Good luck with this week’s list! ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Thanks, Roseanne! Niether black nor white rhinos look anything like the pretty fabric I used. They’re mostly a dirty white/grey – at least where we were.
      And, thanks in advance for hosting “TO DO.”
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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